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Latinxs to Gather in Puerto Rico

December 1st, 2016

After the elections, Latinxs to gather to confront Promesa and chart strategies ahead.

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Columbus is the 3rd City to #WallOffTrump

August 1st, 2016

In response to Trump’s insults, threats, and his promises of mass deportation and building a border wall to separate neighbors, Columbus will greet Donald Trump with a wall of its own, to wall off hate. Ruben Castilla Herrera from the Central Ohio Worker Center explains, "We will wall off the Trump visit in Columbus to [...]

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After the RNC, Toledo Rallies to #WallOffTrump

July 27th, 2016

In the midst of the DNC where organizers continued to push for more humane immigration policy, protesters in Toledo, Ohio took to the streets to continue to #WallOffTrump and stand up against hate. Lucia Mendoza-Reno, one of the event organizers, explained, "Toledo's slogan is "Toledo loves love" and Trump does not reflect our values. We're [...]

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Updates from #WallOffTrump Protest at the RNC

July 20th, 2016

On the third day of the Convention, the wall builders are peacefully standing up to the hatred represented by the Republican candidate, defending their communities, and calling for others to wall off Trump and his hate across the country.

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Spurred by Trump's immigration crackdown, L.A. City Council moves to decriminalize street vending - LA Times

February 2nd, 2017

Fearing a coming crackdown on immigrants, Los Angeles City Council members Joe Buscaino and Curren Price vowed to stop punishing vending as a crime and begin setting up a regulated system. The council pushed forward with their plan Tuesday, voting to draft a law that would decriminalize sidewalk vending.

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How Safe Is 'Sanctuary' For New York City Immigrants?: Gothamist

February 2nd, 2017

You as a mayor say you're going to stay a sanctuary city, but at the same time the people who are working under you are making arrests in a biased way," she said. "Without addressing that issue it's an empty gesture." "If you are trying to tell a group of teenagers [of color], 'Hey, New York City is behind you,'" she added, "That is not their experience."

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16 Women of Color Who Made History in 2016 | Colorlines

January 3rd, 2017

The successful ouster of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whilie overshadowed in the media by the victory of Donald Trump, remains a huge win for immigrant activists. Marisa Franco is just one of the people who helped make the victory against this sheriff best known for his racial profiling possible, and her leadership was recently recognized by the  Washington Post. Franco, who is originally from Arizona, had been organizing in the state against Arpaio since 2010. In 2015 she helped found Mijente, a pro-Black, pro-woman, pro-queer, pro-poor Latinx organization. They recently held a summit in Puerto Rico, bringing together hundreds of Latinx organizers to strategize and organize collaboratively. 

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Lawsuit: Immigration checks at Maricopa County jail unlawful

December 21st, 2016

An activist arrested during a protest against President-elect Donald Trump earlier this year has filed a lawsuit accusing the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office of unlawfully holding her overnight for a federal immigration check even though she is a U.S. citizen.Jacinta Gonzalez Goodman filed the suit in federal court in Phoenix on Wednesday. She said that even though Arpaio has only a few days left in office, the lawsuit is also a way to put pressure on incoming Sheriff Paul Penzone to end an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that allows the sheriff’s office to place holds on inmates while ICE checks for immigration violations.

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How to Make Crowdfunding More Inclusive | Stanford Social Innovation Review

December 9th, 2016

In May 2014, a YouTube sensation—known to his mostly adolescent fans as PewDiePie—partnered with human rights nonprofit Save the Children to raise more than $630,000 via Indiegogo and other online fundraising activities. The campaign highlighted the potential of crowdfunding to democratize the funding sphere by leveraging wide-reaching, diverse social networks. But does crowdfunding really work for everyone? Not really. Not yet. While individual donations comprise more than 70 percent of all philanthropic funding in the United States (according to data from Giving USA), significant challenges exist to leveraging those donations via crowdfunding efforts—particularly for nonprofits working on the front lines of social justice issues.

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Kellogg Foundation Supported Racially Divisive Open Borders Group

December 9th, 2016

he W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the namesake nonprofit arm of the Kellogg Company, has given $310,000 to the California-based community organizing group Causa Justa :: Just Cause, an open border pro-illegal immigration group. Causa Justa :: Just Cause also has connections to a group called the Freedom Road Socialist Organization that promotes breaking the United States up into race-based nation states.

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Grupo proinmigrante Mijente organizará segunda conferencia anual en San Juan

December 2nd, 2016

La organización proinmigrante en EE.UU. Mijente organizará entre el 2 y 4 de diciembre en San Juan su segunda conferencia anual, con el fin de crear resistencia frente al gobierno de Donald Trump y protestar contra la Ley PROMESA, que propone supervisar las arcas financieras de la isla caribeña.La directora de Mijente, Marisa Franco, explicó en un comunicado de prensa emitido hoy que la cita, #Lánzate2016, se basará en "educar con resistencia las propuestas antiinmigrantes que posee Trump" en su plataforma durante los cuatros años en que presidirá Estados Unidos.

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Where Do We Go From Here? - YouTube

December 1st, 2016

Marisa Franco, Glenn Harris, Pramila Jayapal, Van Jones, Kara Denise Brewer Boyd and Linda Sarsour discuss next steps for racial and social justice at the Facing Race 2016 closing plenary. Facing Race is a national conference presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation.

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Twelve Ideas Post-Election from Front Line Organizers | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

November 28th, 2016

Marisa Franco, one of the founders of Mijente, calls on Latinos and African Americans to join together with whites who didn’t go for Trump. “No one is going to build it, no one is going to give it to us. Positioning folks like the people in Arizona who built resilience and strength, positioning people who have been survivors to teach others. People in the South, in Arizona have been doing that for years,” she said. “We’ve got to build bridges across communities.”

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‘Bible, badges, business’ coalition makes a case for immigration reform | Vida en el Valle

November 25th, 2016

Two months before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes over the White House and carries out his campaign promises, a coalition of “bibles, badges and business” has launched a campaign “to educate” the incoming administration on immigration reform in hopes that criminal immigrants will be targeted and not those who are contributing to this country.“We do not support the criminal alien. I don’t care who that criminal person is. If they’re bad, they need to go,” said Manuel Cunha, president of the Nisei Farmers League at a Nov. 22 press conference to launch California Leadership for a New American Economy Organization.

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The Gathering Storm of Protest Against Trump - The New Yorker

November 22nd, 2016

Marisa Franco, who helped organize demonstrations against Trump’s campaign, expects that much of the participation in protests around January 20th will be motivated by questions of immigration and deportation. “Inauguration Day marks the beginning of the nightmare for millions of people across the country,” she said. “For many of us, we simply cannot afford to hold onto a hollow hope that Trump will change course on the disasters he pledged in his campaign. We understand that we have to use everything in our power to resist and force a detour from taking us all backwards.”

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She helped bring down Sheriff Arpaio. Now she’s ready to take on hate nationally. - The Washington Post

November 22nd, 2016

For Latino-rights activist Marisa Franco, election night was bittersweet.For years, she had focused her advocacy work on Arizona, a state that in 2010 approved a law allowing police to ask anyone during a traffic stop for their immigration papers. The public face of that controversial measure, which was widely criticized for leading to the targeting of Latinos by police, was Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Dems hit new low in state legislatures | TheHill

November 20th, 2016

The Democratic Party will hit a new nadir in state legislative seats after suffering more losses in November’s elections, highlighting the devastation up and down the party across the nation.Republicans will control 4,170 state legislative seats after last week’s elections, while Democrats will control 3,129 seats in the nation’s 98 partisan legislative chambers. Republicans picked up a net gain of 46 seats in Tuesday’s elections, while Democrats lost 46 seats, according to the latest vote counts from The Associated Press.

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Electing for Self Defense: Latinxs in the 2016 Election - Univision

November 8th, 2016

For veteran community organizers, election seasons are always chaotic and fraught with contradictions. This year is no exception for me. I am a queer, Chicana woman from Arizona who after many years organizing in other states has moved back to Phoenix. Most recently I helped found Mijente, a digital and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing and movement building. As we watched the rise of Trump, we knew he had to be stopped. But we also knew that for many communities of color, Trump’s America is already here. Like many, I’ve engaged in this election to defend against racism, sexism and xenophobia and to do this in a way that mobilizes social movements and raises expectations for what we expect from the next President – because whoever emerges as the victor, we have our work cut out for us.

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Beat Trump at the Polls and at Our Election Night Piñata Party | Culture | Remezcla

November 7th, 2016

Six months ago, Remezcla made the decision to stop covering Donald Trump – the most openly bigoted, ignorant and dangerous presidential candidate we’ve seen in our lifetimes –  and instead use our platform to highlight the resistance, activism and mobilization of those working to oppose him. From the California high school students who won the right to wear “Dump Trump” T-shirts to school; to the workers at the Las Vegas Trump International Hotel fighting to unionize; to the taco trucks that began registering citizens to vote in Texas and Arizona, Latinos have been organizing in record numbers to defeat a man who has threatened, insulted and belittled our community.

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Coalition Petitions Homeland Security to End Privatization of Detention Centers | Colorlines

September 28th, 2016

Last Month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it will phase out the use of privately operated prisons, citing data that shows for-profit institutions are not as safe or effective as those run directly by the government.Today (September 28), a coalition of 350 legal rights and progressive organizations—including Color Of Change, Presente, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Mijente and the American Civil Liberties Union—delivered a petition demanding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) follow suit and dump its contracts with private corporations.

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Is This the Year Arizona Turns Blue? - The Atlantic

September 28th, 2016

“The browns versus the grays,” she calls it—the ascendant young Latino power versus the fearful old white people, many retirees from elsewhere. “They came here from other states where they’re not used to seeing Mexicans, and then they think they should be in charge, even though we were here first,” she says.

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